John D. Dingell, Jr. Conservation, Management, and Recreation Act - S.47

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Overview
Purpose: 
"To provide for the management of the natural resources of the United States, and for other purposes."
Primary sponsors: 
Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) and Maria Cantwell (D-WA)
Latest major action: 
S.47 signed into law on 03/12/2019
Summary of provisions

Selected provisions

Volcano Monitoring

  • Directs the U.S. Geological Survey to establish a “National Volcano Early Warning and Monitoring System” whose purpose is to “organize, modernize, standardize, and stabilize” the work of the nation’s existing volcano observatories
  • Requires modernization activities include “the comprehensive application of emerging technologies, including digital broadband seismometers, real-time continuous Global Positioning System receivers, satellite and airborne radar interferometry, acoustic pressure sensors, and spectrometry to measure gas emissions”
  • Recommends USGS receive $55 million per year over five years to carry out the directed activities

Geologic Mapping

  • Reauthorizes USGS’ national cooperative geologic mapping program through 2023

Wildfire Technology Modernization

  • Directs the Departments of Agriculture and Interior, in consultation with NASA and the Departments of Energy and Commerce, to “establish and maintain a system to predict the locations of future wildfires for fire-prone areas of the U.S.” that enhances existing systems
Actions
Actions on the Senate bill: 
Signed into law
03/12/2019
House passed on vote of 363 to 62
02/26/2019
Senate passed by voice vote as amended
02/12/2019
Bill introduced
01/08/2019